Quality of graduates will tell if a university is quack or not ― Babcock University VC

The President/Vice Chancellor of Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Professor Ademola Tayo, has said that the real determinant of knowing whether a university is a quack or not anywhere in the world is the quality of its graduates, research activities and community services and not just the owner’s name.

He said it is unfortunate that someone like the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, calls state and private universities in the country quack, as he had recently done on national television.

He described such an expression as a fallacy because it has no substance
Prof Ademola expressed this view on Wednesday in Ilishan-Remo while answering questions from journalists at the school’s 6323 founder’s daily press conference.

He referred to Babcock University, a faith-based institution, and said the high quality of graduates the university has produced in its 23 years of establishment has qualified it to be among the top-rated universities in Africa.

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He said the school’s graduates are doing well in their respective fields, both in the private and public sectors around the world.

He said many of them had also shown their academic excellence and good character during their postgraduate studies in and outside Nigeria, including at Nigeria Law School and other institutions around the world by winning awards upon graduation.

He said, for example, Okezi Uwede-Meshack was awarded an award in LLM from North Western University, USA; Sophia Abiri-Franklin, a doctoral student, won the Queen Elizabeth Scholars scholarship from Carleton University, Canada in 2022; Okei Gabriel won the best overall (distinguishing) grade in the LLM program at the University of Birmingham UK and Bamise Onabanjo was the Convocation Class Speaker for the 2021 LLM class at Duke University, USA, to name a few .

Prof Tayo further explained that the university’s faculty members also compete favorably with their counterparts from around the world.

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Given the reference, he named Prof. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onobia the winner of the 2021 Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Prize for Literature (worth $100,000); and Dr. Oluwafemi Ezekiel Kale of the Department of Pharmacology who won a $19,000 two-year grant cycle and Dr. Oluwatoyin Fasesan won a $50,000 2021 grant with the project titled “Psychosis GWAS Among Yorubas at Southwestern, in addition many others.

The vice chancellor added that the university is also committed to its host communities by providing scholarships to up to 20 needy but brilliant natives of Ilisan-Remo each year to study their dream courses and also to engage community projects and security issues.

“So the quality of graduates in the world of work and other legal obligations will really tell whether a university is quack or not and not by its founder,” emphasized Prof. Ademola.

However, he said the essence of the 6323 founder’s day is to take the opportunity to thank God for His tremendous support that he has given the school since it was a university 63 years ago. and 23 years as a university, and equally to pray for more support for the future and also show her achievements.

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“And we will continue to be grateful to God that he is always by our side,” he emphasized.

He listed some of the events for the occasion, including the Jubilee Lecture, delivered by Prof. Michael Omolewa, former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to UNESCO; cultural day and the thanksgiving service for tomorrow.


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